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NASA seeks student experiments for 2013 high-altitude scientific balloon flight

Posted October 19, 2012 by

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon next year. The balloon competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium in Baton Rouge. NASA is targeting fall 2013 for the next flight opportunity for the High Altitude…

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NASA’s Kepler completes prime mission,begins extended mission

Posted November 16, 2012 by

NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more…

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Air Force receives space award

Posted December 5, 2012 by Carla Rose-Pryor

Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski accepted the donation of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy from Dr. Bradford Parkinson on behalf of SMC and the GPS Directorate at a special ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 30. Parkinson and the “GPS Originators” were awarded the…

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NASA’s Space Launch System core stage passes major milestone, ready to start construction

Posted December 28, 2012 by

The team designing America’s new flagship rocket has completed successfully a major technical review of the vehicle’s core stage. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will take the agency’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low-Earth orbit, providing a new capability for human exploration. The core stage preliminary design review (PDR) was held Thursday at NASA’s…

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NASA’s TDRS Flight 6, Built by Northrop Grumman, marks 20 years on orbit

Posted January 25, 2013 by

The sixth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), built for NASA by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), marked 20 years of successful on-orbit performance Jan. 13, surpassing its design life by a decade.

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers tiny planet system

Posted February 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring…

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Space station astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted March 18, 2013 by

Three members of the Expedition 34 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth March 15 wrapping up a mission lasting more than four and a half months. Expedition 35 now is under way. Station Commander Kevin Ford of NASA and Soyuz Commander Evgeny Tarelkin and Flight Engineer Oleg Novitskiy of…

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NASA successfully launches three smart phone satellites

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Three smartphones destined to become low-cost satellites rode to space Sunday aboard the maiden flight of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The trio of “PhoneSats” is operating in orbit, and may prove to be the lowest-cost satellites ever flown in space. The goal of NASA’s PhoneSat mission…

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NASA’s asteroid sample return mission moves into development

Posted May 17, 2013 by

NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review May 15 called Key Decision Point-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft’s continuation into…

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NASA’s newest solar mission spacecraft ready for launch

Posted June 17, 2013 by

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft is on track for a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., June 26. IRIS will fill a crucial gap in the ability of scientists to advance Sun-Earth connection studies by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through a dynamic interface region ñ the chromosphere and transition region…

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